Chinese camp fundraising plans progress

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Fundraising for the Lawrence Chinese Camp has progressed a step further with the launch of a website and Givealittle page.
Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust chairwoman Adrienne Shaw said the trust would meet next month to discuss plans for up to $2 million worth of development on the site.
‘‘We are looking at restoring the hotel, putting a bar in it and building a visitors centre adjacent to the stables.’’
The visitors centre would include toilets, a retail shop and meeting or conference rooms with a kitchen.
‘‘So we could have busloads of children or coaches of 40-60 people if they want to do a mini conference,’’ Ms Shaw said.
A car park would be developed next to the camp, and the front of the camp would be fenced off, Ms Shaw said.
‘‘The other plan is to open up the old Chinese road in the camp that is under grass at the moment.
‘‘It went from the hotel and meandered through the camp towards Lawrence.’’
Markers to show where houses had been be placed along the road, along with panels with information about some of the residents.
‘‘It is going to be a living museum — interactive, technologically advanced with virtual tour headsets.
‘‘We will still have the old­fashioned brochure — if you want to do your own tour you can just walk around.’’
The next stage of development on the site was renovations to the Joss House, made possible by a grant of $10,000 from the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust.
‘‘We’ve commissioned a builder to do repair work inside the building and fix one of the external walls — that will be done by October.’’
The aim was to have work completed for Lawrence Heritage Day on November 4, she said.
With big plans for the site, she hoped people with connections to the camp would get in touch, Ms Shaw said.
‘‘I’m on the hunt for anyone who has got stories or old photos of the camp, or anyone who knew someone who lived there.’’